Yale OpenLab Launches

 OpenLab’s Energy Academy team members Bobby Berry and Winter Willoughby-Spera test new features of a virtual energy campus that the lab has produced. (At Yale CCAM)

The Yale OpenLab, which officially launches this week, has an ambitious vision: with a focus on scalable collaboration, it aims to incubate “bold projects that address our planet’s grand challenges.” As it begins to carry out this vision this fall, building collaborations across its home campus will be a priority. The OpenLab team hopes to empower Yale students from all disciplines to explore new technologies, including blockchain, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things, and to develop novel, collaboration-minded applications for these tools. Though the OpenLab’s primary hub at Yale is Tsai CITY, it will act more as a decentralized innovation space, partnering with campus interdisciplinary centers like the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM), Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) as it gets a host of programs and projects off the ground. The lab’s leadership is also looking beyond Yale in its ambitions: all OpenLab projects will be open-source, allowing innovators anywhere to see what OpenLab teams are working on — through publicly accessible code and documentation — and to build on this work.